Snyder to drop ball New Year's Eve in Little Apple

Updated: December 29, 2005, 4:14 PM ET
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Bill Snyder, the recently retired football coach at Kansas State, will drop the ball on New Year's Eve at a Manhattan party far from Times Square.

Television viewers across the country will glimpse the celebration in a college town that promotes itself as the Little Apple. Fox News Channel plans to broadcast parts of the event live to a national audience.

Just before midnight, Snyder will push the button that will trigger the descent of a red apple that is 5 feet in diameter and made of 3,000 pieces of hand-cut plexiglass.

"The Fox folks expressed particular interest in coach Snyder," said Kate Watson, a co-founder of the event.

Now in its third year, the festivities are designed to mimic the televised event in Times Square in the Big Apple. The event takes place in Aggieville, the bar district in the city, which is home to Kansas State.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press